Katy Perry Is “Never Really Over”

Katy Perry. She’s one of the most successful artists of all time and a defining figure of the modern era of music. Her last album, 2017’s Witness, was underwhelming for a multitude of reasons. The music wasn’t bad (there are plenty of great tracks), but the abysmal success rate of its singles and the overall…

Cardi B Takes on the “Press” with New Single

Multi-platinum and Grammy-winning recording artist, Cardi B, is one of the biggest stars on the planet. She is constantly a trending topic for some reason or another, and on her latest single, Cardi takes no prisoners as she puts her foot down: “Press, press, press, press, press/Cardi don’t need more press!” Cardi’s first standalone single…

Is Tyler, The Creator’s ‘IGOR’ Really That Good?

In short, yes, but contrary to popular opinion, I don’t find that it is his most accessible album. IGOR is an infinitely layered album of hazy vocals, disarming lyricism, and adventurous production. This is an album that demands care and attention during the initial listening period. It’s a summery record, not in the way of…

Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Fever’ Is Your New Summer Soundtrack

It’s always exciting to see the rise of a new superstar in real time. Megan Thee Stallion has been growing her fanbase steadily with the effervescent Tina Snow mixtape and her biggest hit so far, “Big Ole Freak.” With her new mixtape, Fever, her first as a signed artist, Megan takes no prisoners and pumps…

Nicki Minaj, Roman Holiday, and Why the Culture Needs to Reevaluate Itself

If you’ve been on the Internet at all over the past few weeks, you’ve seen the rise of the latest viral meme: Nicki Minaj’s 2012 track, “Roman Holiday.” Twitter users have been using the track as the background to hilarious sped up videos of everything from dancing Simpsons’ characters to cars speeding down the highway….

ZAYN & Zhavia’s “A Whole New World” Should Have Been Kept

The new live-action Aladdin remake (out May 24) has been the most questionable in Disney movies in recent times. Two relative unknowns were cast as Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott), Will Smith’s spectacularly awful genie was relentlessly meme’d online, and now we have this whole new take on “A Whole New World.” Everyone…

Iggy Azalea’s “Started” Deserves to Be a Legitimate Hit

Newly independent recording artist Iggy Azalea has been consistently delivering solid songs and stronger visuals. Her rebrand has been genius — a return to the valley girl southern trap of her mixtape days. Fortunately, Iggy knows better than to chase pop hits and is returning to what got her a record deal in the first…

Review: P!nk’s New Album is Awful

The signs were there all along. When P!nk released the incredibly boring “Walk Me Home” as Hurts 2B Human‘s lead single, we should have known the album was going to be a disaster. If we go by the understanding that the lead single should be among the album’s strongest offerings, if not its most commercial…

Taylor Swift Debuts Interesting and Uplifting New Single, “ME!”

Usually, the wait between studio albums by Taylor Swift is about two years. This is a formula she has followed for her entire career with each album landing somewhere in the October-November range. Swift’s last record, reputation (review here), gifted her a fifth #1 album, a history-making adult contemporary radio single with “Delicate,” her 32nd…